Google Egypt exec released, tweets his opposition of ruling party
Google confirmed through a tweet on Monday that Egypt-based employee Wael Ghonim has been released by government authorities, after his disappearance on Jan. 27 as protests consumed the nation.
The company had refrained from comment about the disappearance of its head of marketing for Middle East and Africa. But it announced the news of his release about 1 p.m. EST Monday midday on Twitter:
@google Huge relief--Wael Ghonim has been released. Our love to him and his family.
Ghonim was apparently a key figure in organizing protests against the government through social media. The Wall Street Journal writes about his role in media and organizing. Ghonim wrote his first tweets on Monday since being released.
@ghonim Freedom is a bless that deserves fighting for it. #Jan25
Minutes later, Ghonim weighed in on the political wrangling over a new Egyptian government. Ghonim has supported a new government in Egypt. He said Hossam Badrawi, the new secretary general of the ruling party was behind his release but should step down.
@ghonim Gave my 2 cents to Dr. Hosam Badrawy. who was reason why I am out today. Asked him resign cause that's the only way I'll respect him #Jan25 7 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
| February 7, 2011; 1:30 PM ET
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